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Posted Jun 13, 2004 @ 12:40 PM

I did a search and oddly enough there doesn't seem to be a topic for this, so I'll take it upon myself. ;)

Gilligan's Island taught me that you can make just about anything out of coconuts which is good to know should I ever find myself morooned on a desert island with a bunch of idiots. I mean how brilliant was the professor? Didn't they make a bycicle out of coconuts and bamboo or some such? Too bad he was too dumb to figure out how to patch up their boat. I still thought he was hot, though. What?
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Posted Jun 13, 2004 @ 1:09 PM

Hee. I thought the professor was totally hot too -- he's the only reason I watched!

Every time I hear about Gilligan's Island, I think about Tommy Boy: "Hey Gilligan, did you eat the Skipper?"
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Posted Jun 13, 2004 @ 4:01 PM

Mary Ann all the way. The episode I remember most is about a cave with a big spider (as in the first act of Eight Legged Freaks size), who turned out to be afraid of his reflection. The puppet was pretty crappy, but it still scared the hell out of me at the tender age I watched it.
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Posted Jun 13, 2004 @ 5:14 PM

Ginger for me. The 'poor man's Marilyn Monroe'.

I love how shows like ET ask this at the end of an interview. Most people get it, but it's hilarious when you see the one guy who has no idea what they are talking about.
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Posted Jun 13, 2004 @ 7:31 PM

Ha! What desert island has that guy been living on?
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Posted Jun 13, 2004 @ 8:23 PM

Any show that can include the following line of dialogue is OK in my book:
"Oh it's those radioactive vegetables again Mary Ann."
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Posted Jun 14, 2004 @ 9:38 AM

My all-time favorite episode is the one where Gilligan gets bitten by the vampire bat and he has the dream about being a vampire. (We were horror movie nuts as kids.) The Professor and the Skipper were in the dream as a Victorian-era Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson hunting down the vampire; in one scene the Skipper is trying to tell him that he hears a woman screaming, and the Professor acts annoyed, saying “I can’t hear you; someone’s screaming,” then the light goes on and he triumphantly announces “Ah! Watson! Our first clue! Someone is screaming!” Cracks me up every time. I know they had to have a “serious” character to balance off the wacky ones, but whenever they gave Russell Johnson a comic line, he nailed it every time. Very funny guy. And who could forget his Cary Grant imitation: “Mary Ann, Mary Ann, Mary Ann!”
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Posted Jun 14, 2004 @ 8:08 PM

Oh, the vampire episode was great? Didn't Gilligan try to bite someone? Wow, he really was dumb, but I guess that was all "part of his charm". I always wondered why they let him mess up their chances to escape time after time after time. Were me, I would tie him up and leave him in that cave they ended up in sometimes until I got my ass off the island first, then maybe sent help back for him, provided I was far away and safe.

Eegah, (just saw your movie namesake by the way, MST style), I remember that really horrible, fake-looking giant spider. It was something out of a cheep '50's horror flick, but so funny because of that. It's funny how for a deserted island they sure had a lot of inhabitants showing up. Of course, everyone would leave without taking them with. Heh.
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Posted Jun 14, 2004 @ 10:41 PM

First things first: Mary Ann.

This show is hardly Shakespeare, but there's certainly room in the world for some good old-fashioned clean and silly fun. This show was an after-school staple for me growing up, and even today I can smile while watching it. Yes, some of the jokes will make you groan, but there's a reason that this show has lived on with relatively widespread popularity while many other shows have passed into obscurity.
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Posted Jun 15, 2004 @ 9:17 AM

I always wondered why Tina "Ginger" Louise got so bitter about being on this show; in every single interview I have seen you can see the bitterness oozing out of every pore of her body.
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Posted Jun 15, 2004 @ 10:14 AM

Well I'm a girl, but if I were a guy and someone asked me "Ginger or Mary Ann?" I'd probably pick Ginger. She was awesome. My favorites were the Howls though. (Did I spell that right?) They were just so much fun, and I loved their snobbish behavior.
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Posted Jun 15, 2004 @ 10:21 AM

How come Lovey is never an option?
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Posted Jun 15, 2004 @ 11:23 AM

Well, she was in the beauty contest.

I loved the episode where the lady cast-aways formed a singing group to impress their fellow castaways, The Mosquitos. Of course, the latter were so impressed they high-tailed it off the island ASAP so as not to have to compete with The Ladybugs, or whatever Ginger/MaryAnn/Lovey called themselves.
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Posted Jun 15, 2004 @ 11:28 AM

I think it was the Honeybees.
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Posted Jun 15, 2004 @ 11:37 AM

Yes, it was the Honeybees. They sang a song called "You Need Us", and at the end, all three of them went "Bzzzzzzzz". The men also formed a singing group, but they were dreadful.
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Posted Jun 15, 2004 @ 1:45 PM

Ginger or Mary Ann? Why choose? First Ginger, then Mary Ann!


Then, Ginger...etc.

I loved the movies that followed the series, where they turned the island into a tropical resort paradise. Even though (ulp) Jim Backus wasn't around to be a part of it.
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Posted Jun 16, 2004 @ 7:25 AM

And the Mosquitoes were Bingo, Bango, Bongo, and Irving. It frightens me a little that I don't have to look that up anywhere.
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Posted Jun 16, 2004 @ 10:50 AM

Very good, espie! I can't believe you remembered that. Now, do you remember the name of the singing group that Gilligan, the Skipper, the Professor, and Mr. Howell formed? I can't think of it, and it's been bugging me. (Yeah, I really need to get a life.)
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Posted Jun 16, 2004 @ 12:29 PM

The Gnats.

I spent 10 minutes on Google to find that. Yeah, I need to get a life too.
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Posted Dec 6, 2004 @ 6:41 PM

My love for this show keeps me from watching "The Real Gilligan's Island" reality-show version.


and for the record: Mary Ann!
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Posted Dec 6, 2004 @ 9:26 PM

My love for this show keeps me from watching "The Real Gilligan's Island" reality-show version.

Amen. This show may not have been the pinnacle of artistic expression, but it beats the hell out of yet another moronic and contrived "reality" show any day of the week.
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Posted Dec 7, 2004 @ 11:34 AM

When I look at this show now as an adult, the 7 castaways seem to be a microcosm of the world as it was in the mid-1960s. Consider:

The Skipper and Mary Ann represent the U.S. and the English-speaking world in general: bluff, good-hearted, plucky, shrewd and generous.

The Professor, cool, efficient, and brilliant, represents the burgeoning, post-war Japan (and East Asia in general).

The Howells, overdressed, fussy, and obsessed with protocol and deference, stand in for Europe (Donald Rumsfeld's "Old Europe").

Ginger epitomizes the eternal temptation of Socialism.

And poor Gilligan, under-fed and disaster-prone, represents the Third World.
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Posted Dec 8, 2004 @ 7:28 PM

My love for this show keeps me from watching "The Real Gilligan's Island" reality-show version.

Amen. This show may not have been the pinnacle of artistic expression, but it beats the hell out of yet another moronic and contrived "reality" show any day of the week.

I watched the two hour premiere last week and I would take the reruns or even the tv movies over that dribble.

Mary Ann
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Posted Mar 2, 2005 @ 8:16 AM

Years ago our local airwaves were saturated with Gilligan. Eight-year-old me was usually either watching the Professor (an early crush) or Mary Ann (wishing I was as pretty as she was, had nice hair like she did, was always as happy as she seemed to be… the list goes on). Grown-up me realizes I had never truly appreciated Jim Backus as Mr. Howell. His performance was so incredibly physical; he put his whole body into something as simple as starting to walk from Point A to Point B… hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders, it’s all good. When I thought about it I realized that most of the memorable lines I’m able to quote from various episodes are his. What a great talent he was. (When they find the broken stone tablet and they’re trying to assemble it to see if it maps a way off the island, he suggests where one piece might belong; the Skipper says “No, that’s wrong, Mr. Howell.” Backus bristles, gives his trademarked imperious glare, and bellows “A Howell is NEVER wrong! Break off a piece and MAKE it fit!” Pure comedy gold.)
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Posted Mar 4, 2005 @ 9:14 PM

As much as they had some pretty good guest stars on some of the episodes (Vito Scotti as the Japanese soldier who doesn't know WWII is over, boy they couldn't get away with that today), I think the best episodes were the ones with just the seven cast-aways on it. And the obligatory-radio-announcer-who-advances-the-plot, of course. They just really played well off each other.
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Posted Mar 5, 2005 @ 10:35 PM

I always thought it was interesting that Tina Louise was such a snot about GI, and how it typecasted her, blahblahblah, when Jim Backus and the-actress-who-played-Lovey (braincramp) had HUGE pre-GI careers, but no one remembers them for anything else. If anyone should be bitter, it should be them, but they weren't.

Bob Denver had a heck of a time, post GI, too, but his physicalness hindered him. I mean, he WAS Gilligan. In later interviews, he seemed to have accepted his role in life as Gilligan, now and forevermore. I guess he realized it's better to be beloved by millions for something you did 35 years ago, than to not be known at all.

Really, they were all inspired casting. That's often the difference between a here today, gone tomorrow show; and one that endures.

And yes, very much an afterschool habit.
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Posted Mar 5, 2005 @ 11:10 PM

Mary Ann. Tina Louise is a BITCH & she really needs to be pistolwhipped. So does Gilligan. I HATE Gilligan. I also hate the Skipper because he is so stupid & a fat bastard.

When they made Rescue from Gilligan's Island, what they SHOULDN'T of done is sent them back to that island. I was really pissed off about that. Its bad enough that I have to suffer through that Viacom Production crap(that scares me to death.), now they have butchered this movie with this horrible ending.
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Posted Mar 5, 2005 @ 11:37 PM

Jim Backus and the-actress-who-played-Lovey (braincramp) had HUGE pre-GI careers

What other sort of things did they do? I always liked those actors.
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Posted Mar 6, 2005 @ 7:15 PM

I'm a straight woman, but I'd pick Mary Ann. Son of Isis picks Mary Ann, and came up with the following:

The Professor was really smart, because he came up with the bicycle Mary Ann rode to make electricity.  This made electricity, kept the already fit Mary Ann in good shape, and she looked good riding it.


My boyfriend chooses Ginger. He said he does prefer the "Barbie" type. Which I'm not, but real life differs from fantasy.

My sister Renée (R.I.P.) once had a nightmare in which Mr. Howell was a vampire. That day, her catechism teacher had talked to the class about the crucifixion, asking them to imagine nails in their wrists. (Yeah, second graders need to think about that), so in her dream, Mr. Howell bit her on the wrist. When our father came to check on her, and tell her it was just a dream, she insisted Mr. Howell bit her "Right here."
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Posted Jul 22, 2005 @ 11:31 AM

Bob Denver had a heck of a time, post GI, too, but his physicalness hindered him. I mean, he WAS Gilligan. In later interviews, he seemed to have accepted his role in life as Gilligan, now and forevermore. I guess he realized it's better to be beloved by millions for something you did 35 years ago, than to not be known at all.

My dad always recognized Bob Denver as Maynard G. Krebbs!

Beau of Isis has the first season DVD set. Damn, they made a lot of episodes in a season back then.

Kurt Russell played a jungle boy in one episode. I guess Disney let him out for a few day's filming!
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